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How Magnesium Promotes Sleep and Fights Insomnia

By    |   Friday, 22 May 2015 12:27 PM


Magnesium works with cells, nerves and muscles throughout the body, and contains relaxation properties. This makes the mineral an effective factor in battling stress, anxiety and insomnia.

Doctors even employ the medicinal uses of magnesium to treat patients with symptoms ranging from constipation to irregular heartbeat and high blood pressure in pregnancy, called pre-eclampsia. The relaxation qualities of magnesium also work to improve sleep, according to Dr. Mark Hyman, a physician and New York Times best-selling author.

Hyman recommends magnesium supplementation to relieve the tightness and stiffness of many disorders, both physically and mentally. Physical problems, such as those in the muscles or organs, and mood disorders could signal magnesium deficiencies. Those deficiencies could affect sleeping patterns.

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Research has found that magnesium relieves anxiety, which often stems from periods of extreme stress, according to WebMD. It has been used to improve sleep quality for people going through alcohol withdrawal symptoms.

Insomnia can result from many different factors. Fatigue and weakness are among the symptoms of low magnesium levels. Magnesium has been shown to be effective in the treatment of chronic fatigue syndrome, according to the National Institutes of Health. Chronic fatigue significantly interferes with sleeping patterns.

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Although some people may have to solve underlying problems that cause insomnia, magnesium can at least provide assistance in bringing about a good night’s sleep, according to Ancient Minerals.

Magnesium plays a major role in balancing metabolism and boosting energy production. Its involvement in the energy process also leads to a restful state. The process includes winding down the body following the day’s activities so it can prepare for necessary sleep.

Just as it revs up the cells and muscles for energy, magnesium then provides muscle relaxation and a lowering of brain activity to allow the body to rest. During the sleep cycle, the mineral helps regulate hormones and cells that work to repair the body from any damage caused in the waking hours.

People can get an adequate supply of magnesium through a diet that includes whole grains, dark green vegetables, legumes, nuts, fish, and meat. Supplements also help, but excess levels of magnesium can cause problems such as upset stomach and diarrhea. More severe side effects include vomiting, confusion, and low blood pressure. Check with your doctor about insomnia and guidance on your particular needs for more magnesium.

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